This summer, we enrolled Anika at a voice lessons school near our house. The cost of the 2x a week for 6 weeks singing lessons was around Php 7,000.
Alvin and I enrolled Anika kasi nakita naman na mahilig siyang kumanta. She has the self-confidence. Singing voice na lang ang idedevelop.
When Alvin enrolled her, he was told that there will be a recital at the end of the program. Like other summer programs, this recital will show ano natutunan ng bata during the 6 week period of lessons.
At first, I was weirded out sa mga songs that they were making Anika practice at home. Parang Jamaican ang theme ng mga songs. I just thought na baka yun ang songs na bagay sa voice ni Anika. The teacher knows better. Ano nga naman alam ko diyan. Tone deaf ako. And then, the teacher asks Anika to print the lyrics of the songs and put them in a plastic folder. Every after her voice lessons, I would ask how did it go. She would always answer with okay.
Until one Wednesday.
Kinamusta ko yung voice lessons niya. Umiyak. Napagalitan daw siya ng teacher because she wasn’t able to bring the printout of this particular song. I told her ganun talaga, may kasalanan ka so papagalitan ka talaga. I asked if the teacher shouted at her, hindi naman daw. All’s good.
Yesterday, Alvin texted me. Hindi daw kasali si Anika sa recital.
I asked Anika and her yaya about it when I got home.
ME: Anika, bakit hindi ka daw magrerecital?
ANIKA: Teacher said I need to vocalize more and enroll again.
YAYA: Sabihin na lang daw po if mageenroll pa siya. Last day niya na daw po yung ngayon.
Sabi kay Alvin may recital eh. Bakit hindi siya kasali? She didn’t learn anything in 6 weeks?! Sa pagkakaalam ko, the recital at the end of every summer program is the culminating activity. Dito lalabas what you learned during the summer.
Don’t get me wrong, mga bakla. I am not saying Anika’s entitled to join the recital. Hindi din sabik anak ko sa recital because she and her Tatay do music videos at home all the time. Ang akin lang is I felt cheated out of the voice lessons fee that we paid. Nagbayad ako ng 7k tapos walang progress?! She needs to enroll again?!
Paano ka gaganahan i-enroll anak mo if ganun. Kita mo sa bata na disheartened siya. Though of course hindi ko na ginatungan. I just said no problem kasi she performs naman on stage all the time. Ayaw na daw niya magvoice lessons. She was seriously looking forward to that recital. Pinagkalat niya na sa lahat ng mga kamag-anak namin and kapitbahay. She doesn’t show it but I know she’s disappointed. Kunwari hindi lang big deal for her.
Alvin and I had a talk about it. Natural, mas stage father tong isa so mas affected siya. We share the same sentiments. I don’t know if valid nga itong feelings ko or dahil nagpi-PMS lang ako now. How come si Anika lang ang hindi magrecital? The teacher or the school should have at least given her a shot. Paano tuloy mavavalidate na may natutunan yung bata over the summer?
Ewan ko ba. But we didn’t show Anika our inis. Baka magself-pity, mag-inarte or magkaron siya ng self entitlement eh. We’re just cool in front of her so cool din siya.
Alvin will talk to the proprietress of the school. Balitaan ko kayo if may ganap.